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King David

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  • Released: May 26, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1985
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region [unknown]

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 2,161
...There's a lot of history here, brought to life with good period film work...
Variety
Mar 20, 1985
Rating: 60/100 -- Little more than a timeline doodle instead of a deep and meaningful portrait.
Apollo Guide
Jun 24, 2004
Directed by Bruce Beresford in the worried manner of someone who feels it a triumph just to have gotten all the kings, prophets, soldiers, frond-waving townspeople, horses and donkeys on and off the screen on time.
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Rating: 2/5 -- What were they thinking?
Shadows on the Wall
Jun 12, 2004
The film is stuffed with anonymous, identically bearded faces, and it drowns in them. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
...The most fascinating portrait of this harsh and brutal period that we've had yet on screen....Beresford's staging of action is exceptional...
Los Angeles Times
Mar 29, 1985
Though the overall problems may not be of his making, Richard Gere is of little help in the title role. Granted, he could have been truly awful (which he isn't), but he doesn't seem comfortable, either. Full Review
Variety
Mar 26, 2009

Product Description:

An adaptation of the legendary biblical tale, director Bruce Beresford's film stars Richard Gere as King David, favorite of the God of Israel. Although only a shepherd boy, David is anointed as heir to the throne of Israel by Samuel (Dennis Quilley), who is disgusted with the weakness of Saul (Edward Woodward). When David brings the protracted war with the Philistines to an end by defeating their champion Goliath (George Eastman) in battle, he is celebrated by his people but must flee the country to avoid being killed by Saul, whose jealousy he has aroused. When Saul and his sons finally die in battle, David assumes the throne--but not without a sense that it is covered in blood. As time passes, he finds himself in vicious battles with neighboring tribes to ensure the survival of the Israelites. Despite David's many achievements, the exercise of power has a corrupting influence on the patriarch, and ultimately, even he is no longer favored by his God. Donald McAlpine's photography is superb, as is Beresford's direction.

Plot Synopsis:

In KING DAVID, Richard Gere plays the religious title role of David, the shepherd boy who slew Goliath and later ascended to the throne of Israel.

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Production Notes:

  • Shot on location in Italy and at Pinewood Studios, England.
  • The film is based on Samuel I and II, Chronicles I and the Psalms of David.
  • Richard Gere, neither Christian or Jewish, is well-known as a Buddhist.
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  • UPC: 032429342874
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